Nicaragua: Feminists under attack by fundamentalist forces

WLUML Networkers
An open letter appealing for expressions of solidarity from feminist, human rights, and social justice groups.
"Dear colleagues from feminist and women’s organizations from different regions of the world:
We regret to inform you that in Nicaragua, a new action of the increased presence of fundamentalists attacking feminist for defending the human rights of women is taking place.

The so called National Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), which has legal registration (even though their activities and headquarters are unknown), an organization sponsored by the Catholic right wing and the Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of the country, have filed a case on the crime of coverage and omission on the case of rape and others (as parallel action to the trial against the father of Rosita – the 9 years old little girl that was raped and got pregnant as a result of it), who has been sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment), against the following colleagues:

1.- Ana Maria Pizarro, member of the Regional Coordination of the Campaign September 28 for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

2.- Juanita Jiménez, person responsible for Advocacy of the Network of Women against Violence (until recently)

3.- Lorna Norori, Psychologist

4.- Luisa Molina Arguello, spokesperson of the Federation of NGOs working with Children and Adolescents

5.- Martha Maria Blandón, from the Sexuality, Maternity and Rights Forum and IPAS Central America

6.- Martha Munguia, director of the Center Mujeres Acción Ya

7.- Mayra Sirias, current spokesperson of the Network of Women against Violence and member of its Coordinating Body

8.- Violeta Delgado, former Executive Coordinator of the Network of Women against Violence

9.- Yamileth Mejia, person responsible of Political Training of the Network of Women against Violence (until recently)

Given the seriousness of the case, the Women’s Autonomous Movement of Nicaragua has disseminated the following letter: